Allium /Nectaroscordum

Nhu Nguyen
Fri, 20 May 2011 15:15:55 PDT

It is every field biologist's dream to have a hand-held DNA sequencer but
that technology won't come around for years. In the fungal world, we like to
attach the term "species complex" to a name since DNA can distinguish the
species but morphologically they are similar. It is more complicated to use
extra words but it also provides good information to a name being applied.

We all should remember that it's not what something is but rather what we
call it. Allium bulgaricum isn't what the plant is, it's just what we call


On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM, <> wrote:

> if you have to run a DNA analysis
> to distinguish visually indistinguishable two taxa, what is the poor field
> biologist or wild flower lover to do?


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